Whats your Texas Hold em Poker strategy?

dave1888

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Noticed there is no section in the forum about Poker hints,strategies or experiences? If I am incorrect about this can you let me know otherwise please post one as I have some hints strategies that may help others who are just starting and these methods of play have helped me win tournaments and a respectable 39th place in my first ever wsop tournament this was out of 1500 other players!
 

chuchu59

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I don't have any strategy but played in a few dozen small freerolls back in 2007 and managed to emerge victorious in around 10 of them. Earned me more than a grand or so at no cost.
 

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Have better cards than your opponents.

You'd be amazed at how well this works.
 

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My few cents :

1, Don't play with scared money, if you want to play and win don't play with money you can't afford to lose because when you do that you often is a "call center" and never raise or catch a bluff and you more likely wont bluff either.

2, Be aggressive, most successful poker players are aggressive players but in same time you have to make smart move. btw online poker have changed dramatically and most of players now are good "sharks", players back in 2003 to 2008 was a golden years, fish for everyone.

3, Change your strategy very often, if you play same style and strategy your opponent will after few hundred hands know what you are holding.

GL!
 

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Noticed there is no section in the forum about Poker hints,strategies or experiences? If I am incorrect about this can you let me know otherwise please post one as I have some hints strategies that may help others who are just starting and these methods of play have helped me win tournaments and a respectable 39th place in my first ever wsop tournament this was out of 1500 other players!

Umm - what about this forum?
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dave1888

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Thanks Casinomeister! and thanks guys for stating the obvious ha ha! But as the tv ad says its no coincidence that its the same names there till the bitter end so you do need to have a strategy unless you get lucky and have a great pocket hand but then you could lose from a bad flop,turn or worse the last card on the river! nothing worse when you have the highest equity percentage and the last card screws it up I die a little inside when this occurs!
 

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Thanks Casinomeister! and thanks guys for stating the obvious ha ha! But as the tv ad says its no coincidence that its the same names there till the bitter end so you do need to have a strategy unless you get lucky and have a great pocket hand but then you could lose from a bad flop,turn or worse the last card on the river! nothing worse when you have the highest equity percentage and the last card screws it up I die a little inside when this occurs!

Well, that's the gambling part. Betting on cards that might come. A big part of Texas Hold'em is knowing the possible hands that your opponent can have. Even if you always assume the worst at some point you have to take a gamble.

I was playing with a pair of fives in my hand once and my opponent with a 2,6 and a 3,4,4,5, on the table. I figure I'll call and wait for the river. All I'm betting on is that he doesn't have 2 fours in his hand. He's betting I can't beat his straight which isn't even that hard to do. When a face card comes up on the river I know he's lost and he goes all in. The only problem with that hand was he didn't have a hell of a lot of chips anyway.

When you're low stacked and get handed a straight I guess you pretty much have to bet the farm but he said after he didn't see that full house coming. Personally, I wouldn't toss it all away on a low straight with a pair on the table unless I really needed the chips. Apparently he would have went all in regardless of the chip stacks.

I rarely play Poker, by the way. This was just one of my more memorable hands.
 

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I am no means an expert but I have played in some tournaments.
I play a very tight game in the beginning, Only play really good starting hands. At least in the lower buy-in tournaments players tend to be loose and play worse hands and they probably should. Then when the tournament advances closer to paying spots people start usually playing way more conservatively and playing less hands. This is when I try to play little bit more aggressively.

That is a basically my strategy when I play, but I only play occasionally and just for fun. I don't have the patience and I am WAY too much of a gambler to be a good poker player :)
 

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I'd highly recommend 'Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker' Volumes 1-3, by Jonathan Little. They're easy to read/comprehend, and he covers just about everything that you should be doing during a tournament (chips stacks relative to the blinds/stages of the tournament/etc). I've read numerous books on MTTs/tournaments, and this series is by far the best out there.


If you don't have the funds to join a training site, there are a number of pretty good videos on YouTube that could help. There are 3 in particular that I'd recommend, 3 different approaches, but if you can get at least 1 thing to take away from it, it's worth your time.


'Pearljammer' and his Sunday Million MTT review (9 parts)




I can't post the links here (both are on YouTube), but I'd also highly recommend:


- 'Vanessa Selbst' and her Sunday Million MTT review (3 parts)

- 'Grisped' review of one of his student's $33 tournaments (3 parts)


The Selbst videos would show someone who plays an extremely wide-/loose-range (not for beginners, or anyone really), Pearljammer would be someone who plays it by the book, and Grisped reviewing his student's play would be more for a novice, who's learning from scratch.


Personally, for ages I would just play like a nit, waiting for 7-7+, A-Q+ type of hands in the early stages of a tournament. That won't get you very far in the long run. I'd suggest playing hands with high implied odds like 5-6 suited, 7-9 suited, 9-10 suited (suited connectors and suited 1 gapers), 2-2+ (for set mining), if you're relatively deep stacked (when the blinds are low), in the early stages of a tournament. People overplay hands like A-10, A-J, J-Q, J-K, but those hands aren't that good earlier on. When you only have < 15BBs, in the middle/later stages of a tournament, especially in unopened pots, THOSE hands are obviously much more valuable.


You should also look at sites/videos that explain the importance of position at the table (very key). And of course, proper bankroll management skills. I've read numerous times that you shouldn't put more than 5% of your total poker bankroll on 1 game, but that's a CRAZY amount! I wouldn't put more than 2% on any 1 game. I might put in 5% in one day, but that would mean that it's probably being spread out over +10 tournaments, as opposed to investing so much on 1. If someone has $4K, and does not have a proven track record of winning over time, spending $215 to buy into the Sunday Million is too much (unless of course he/she got in on a satellite for much cheaper).


I generally just play Omaha Hi/Lo, but 'NEED' to be playing more NLHE because there's a lot more money to be made playing in them. I've been putting in a lot of time, improving/fixing my play in them.





That is a basically my strategy when I play, but I only play occasionally and just for fun. I don't have the patience and I am WAY too much of a gambler to be a good poker player :)


For me, I have a gambling problem when I'm playing at online casinos (BJ, slots, etc). But I don't feel the same when I'm playing poker. I stay with a very strict bankroll management plan, and never go outside of that. I regret not playing poker from '98-08, instead of wasting so much time playing at online casinos.



I hope this helps.​
 
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My few cents :

1, Don't play with scared money, if you want to play and win don't play with money you can't afford to lose because when you do that you often is a "call center" and never raise or catch a bluff and you more likely wont bluff either.

2, Be aggressive, most successful poker players are aggressive players but in same time you have to make smart move. btw online poker have changed dramatically and most of players now are good "sharks", players back in 2003 to 2008 was a golden years, fish for everyone.

3, Change your strategy very often, if you play same style and strategy your opponent will after few hundred hands know what you are holding.

GL!

Couldnt agree more. El Dorado is over since about 2 years, sniff

Balky
 

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I play opposite from the overall table's tendencies. If the table character is to be aggressive, I'll be more patient. If they are being patient, I get more aggressive. :cool:

Works for me.
 

philderby1

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my poker strategy

this strategy should be successfull in low/ micro stakes, maybe even medium stakes. I have tweaked it a bit. here goes. if you have over 20 bigs shove with AA KK QQ AK, between 10-20 bigs shove with AA KK QQ AK AQ KQ if you have between 5-10 bigs shove with AA KK QQ AQ KJ AJ A10 A9 1010 JJ 99. if you have under 5 bigs then all of the above plus any suited aces suited kings, any pair suited connectors, no matter how small. give it a shot peeps! I think you should be successfull around 25-40% of the time in cashing! :)
 

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this strategy should be successfull in low/ micro stakes, maybe even medium stakes. I have tweaked it a bit. here goes. if you have over 20 bigs shove with AA KK QQ AK, between 10-20 bigs shove with AA KK QQ AK AQ KQ if you have between 5-10 bigs shove with AA KK QQ AQ KJ AJ A10 A9 1010 JJ 99. if you have under 5 bigs then all of the above plus any suited aces suited kings, any pair suited connectors, no matter how small. give it a shot peeps! I think you should be successfull around 25-40% of the time in cashing! :)

That sounds like a decent strategy, even if it doesn't teach you a whole lot about poker (postflop play). I'd definitely put the limit of openshoving at 20 bb. Over 20 bb I'd start opening to 2-2.5 bb, mixing it up with stealing in late position.
 
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